You may have noticed that I have drastically changed the look of my blog and decided to take it to the next level. I have been considering moving over from Blogger to WordPress for some time now. I decided to do this switch almost completely due to the Thesis Theme for WordPress. The reason I have been putting it off for so long is I knew what a time-consuming process the switch would entail.
So, I took the plunge. I was right, it took a lot of work to switch over.
My Migration Situation
Some bloggers may use a blogspot extension and others may have their own domain. I had my own domain already and was switching from a hosted blog, like Blogspot.com or WordPress.com to a self-hosted blog like WordPress.org. In addition, I decided to run my blog under the Thesis Theme. Lots of work and time!
Valuable Steps and Lessons Learned
Get a host for your “self-hosted” blog
This is a good first step once you decided to take the plunge. Since you will no long have a built in host like Blogger, you will need to get your own host to utilize WordPress. There is a monthly fee for this service. Yes, you are now crossing over to serious blogging. The kind that costs money.
I had no idea which hosting company to use. I have seen BlueHost, iPage, HostGator, and many others on various blogs. To see a side by side comparison of host sites, check out WebHostingSearch, Hosting Review Center, and WebHostingGeeks. These get updated quite often, so ultimately, the choice is yours.
After reviewing the reviews, I decided that Host Monster would be the best choice! It has worked out great for me. They offer professional web hosting for only $6.95. Many times they will run specials for even cheaper! Can’t go wrong!
What the heck is a FTP and why do I need it?
This is a new concept that is also not a requirement for hosted sites. But, the good news is you can find one to download for FREE. Bottom line is if you have your own host, there has to be way to get files from your computer to the host and vice-versa. This is where File Transfer Protocol (FTP) comes in. It is essentially a network protocol used to get files from one host to another over the Internet. You WILL need this if your site is self-hosted. There are a variety of options to choose from here as well. I use Filezilla.
Once you have a host and a FTP solution in place, it is time to get the WordPress software. You can download this directly from their website, WordPress.org. This is a pretty easy process, just follow the steps. After you download WordPress, you are ready to go.
Note: If you have your own domain and want to keep it, change your own domain on Blogger to Blogspot domain BEFORE you transfer anything.
After you are set up with WordPress, you will have a basic theme on the site you can customize. It is up to you whether you want to set your blog up using the Thesis Theme. If you do, you can click on it in the sidebar of my blog and ENJOY!!
Resources for Moving From Blogger to WordPress
MamaBlogga maintains the Ultimate Guide for migrating from Blogger to WordPress. Lots of information here and she will respond to any comments you may post. This is old, so be sure you are aware of any updates Blogger or WordPress may have.
SEO Chat has good info on Moving from Blogger to WordPress using your own domain.
Clazh – Move from Blogger to WordPress and Maintain Permalinks and Traffic – This has a step-by-step guide, specifically by having a local version of WordPress (which I highly recommend!).
More great information in a three-part series from iBlog Zone.
Blog Bloke gives a Complete Guide on how to move over to WordPress!
Chris Arthur had a good tutorial on how to download WordPress locally or for Mac users, here is another option. Having a local version allows you to mess with the code without messing up your live blog.
Sherple also has Thesis 101 tutorials for those that get Thesis.
Hopefully, loaded with this information you will not feel COMPLETELY overwhelmed like I did when considering this transition. Good luck and look for future tips on WordPress and Thesis!